At least one former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins player will see his name etched on the Stanley Cup in the next two weeks, as three WBS grads will compete for the NHL’s top prize.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins face off in the Stanley Cup Finals starting tonight (Wednesday, June 12).
Suiting up for the Eastern Conference Champion Bruins will be defenseman Andrew Ference, who played parts of three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03) and recorded 52 points (14+38) in 88 games with the club.
An eighth round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1997, Ference represented Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the 2001 AHL All-Star Classic. He has appeared in 760 NHL regular season games with Pittsburgh, the Calgary Flames and Bruins, posting 193 points (37+156).
Ference was part of the 2011 Boston squad that captured the Stanley Cup as well.
On the other side of the puck are former Pens Michal Rozsival and Daniel Carcillo.
Rozsival played 30 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, recording 16 points (8+8). Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 1996 draft, he has appeared in 783 NHL games with the Penguins, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Blackhawks.
Carcillo appeared in 103 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, posting 54 points (32+22) and 494 penalty minutes.
A third round pick in the 2003 NHL draft by Pittsburgh, he has appeared in 333 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Blackhawks, recording 87 points (40+47) and 1079 penalty minutes.
Another former WBS player, Dennis Bonvie, currently serves as a pro scout for the Blackhawks and earned a Stanley Cup ring with the team in 2010.
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